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Antelope Butte Recreation Area raises money for chairlift restoration

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Wyoming Public Media is reporting that in the latest step towards the reopening of the Antelope Butte Recreation Area in Wyoming, US, the Antelope Butte Foundation has raised US$360 000 to restore a chairlift. The ski area opened in the 1960s but closed in 2004.

Tom and Joan Scott gave the foundation a US$180 000 grant, a figure matched by the Joe and Roberta Watt Foundation, enabling the restoration of the chair lift.

Josh Law, the Antelope Butte Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer, said that a 2011 law that allowed ski areas to open for summer recreation was vital for the future of a reopened Antelope Butte: “This is a pretty big game changer for Antelope Butte because we are right on a national scenic byway with hundreds of thousands of cars driving by in the summer time. So there is going to be tremendous opportunity for outdoor recreation, education and so forth at Antelope Butte. It used to be called Antelope Butte Ski Area, it’s now called Antelope Butte Mountain Recreation Area because it will be a multi-use facility.”

The recreation area plans to open to the public for the 2018-2019 ski season and has already been used for public and private events such as mountain biking, sled dog racing and a wedding.

Law added: “To say I’m excited to have Antelope Butte back open would be complete understatement. It’s just had a tremendous impact on my life growing up.”

The foundation has raised US$2 million towards reopening the area. Construction on the lodge and chairlifts is already in progress.

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